Wild Lettuce Leaf, once considered an opium substitute, entered into medical practice as a sedative in the eighteenth century because of its similar, but non-addictive effects. Wild Lettuce has also been used as a diuretic and pain reliever.
It is believed to be an expectorant and has been effective in easing dry, irritating coughs, bronchitis, and asthma, as it helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Used as a diuretic, it helps to promote and increase urine flow and is said to help in cases of urinary tract infections and dropsy (edema), which is the accumulation of fluid in tissues (swelling) or body cavities.
Wild Lettuce has been used to relieve pain, especially muscular pain and the joint pain of arthritis. It is also thought to relieve painful monthly periods.
Wild Lettuce helps to relieve chronic pain, muscle/joint pains, birth pains, headaches, and alleviate cramps.
Tincture Ingredients: Wildcrafted Wild Lettuce,50% Alcohol.
Raw: Extracted and Dried Sap
Instructions: Tincture Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children. The raw sap balls can be taken internally (1/2 dried pea size)
Contraindications: Wild Lettuce should not be used in conjunction with prescription diuretics. The herb may cause drowsiness; however, when used in excess (many times the recommended dosage), it causes restlessness. Overuse (many time the recommended dosage) may cause slow breathing, severe tiredness, passing out, loss of consciousness or skin rash.